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The October 3 2022 Lost Horizons Newsletter
...where real knowledge-- and actual solutions-- intersect with real Americans!

What Pro-Lifers Mean By "No Exceptions For The Life Of The Mother"
...which is not at all what their abortion-enthusiast opponents want voters to imagine.

HERE IN MICHIGAN, as in many other places, staunch abortion opponents are squared-up against incumbent baby-killing enthusiasts. One accusation leveled against the challengers is that they are so radical in their anti-abortion stance as to allow no exceptions even to protect the life of the mother, often supported by excerpts of interviews or publications in which those words are said.

Context is, of course, omitted from the excerpts or the accusations they support. Due to tight campaign budgets, clarifying responses from challengers in Michigan, at least, are not finding their way to voters' screens. The pro-abortion incumbents are refusing to debate the challengers, even those vying for the highest state offices. Hence, many voters are left with a very distorted view of the pro-life contenders, and hence, this explanation on the challengers' behalf.

WHEN A PRO-LIFE PERSON SAYS, "no exceptions, even for the life of the mother", he or she is speaking in the context of a long-standing contrivance of the pro-abortion crowd in which a woman is said to have declared that is she if forced to deliver the baby in her womb, it will be just too much for her to bear and, "I swear, I'll kill myself!" On that basis, the mendacious pro-abortionists make the claim that prohibitions on abortion threaten lives (without, or course, acknowledging that abortion invariably not just threatens lives, but ends them).

It is that contrived "threat" to which pro-lifers speak when denying exceptions to save the life of the mother. They are not proposing to deny medical intervention against actual mortal injury or misfunction. They are simply recognizing that the pro-abortion crowd has inaccurately re-defined "life of the mother" to mean "whatever the mother threatens to melt down over" and are opposing the killing of a baby on that specious and fluid ground-- a ground, it is worth noting, which is equally accommodating of the argument that, "I put that pillow over Grandma's face because she was driving me crazy!"

These "life of the mother" considerations are behind the pro-life position of "no exceptions for the health of the mother," as well. Such purported threats to health are also grounded in the notion that carrying a baby to term will damage the mental health of unenthusiastic mothers.
In both cases, the real pro-abortion "argument" remains nothing more than, "abortion should be legal so certain women can be spared distress and the obligation to suck it up and behave like grown-ups".

Herbert Spencer-- using "men" in its normal, inclusive meaning (for the miseducated youth among us)-- wisely observed that, "The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools." I'll offer a corollary: "The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of weakness and self indulgence, is to fill the world with self-indulgent weaklings." I'm sure everyone agrees that this would be a very bad thing (well, IS a very bad thing...).

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On The Situation In Ukraine And The Nordstream Sabotage
The madness continues, and worsens...

UKRAINE: A COUNTRY RUN BY CORRUPT PUBLIC OFFICIALS perfectly willing to act as a well-paid cash laundromat for corrupt public officials in America. See this and then this, and then this. Read it all thoroughly and carefully, following links as they appear.

Among many other things, learn from that reading that the prospect of Eastern Ukrainian regions voting overwhelmingly to be annexed by Russia is not only unremarkable, it is entirely predictable and the only realistic possibility.

Learn, too, just how much everything you have ever heard about Ukraine and Russia over especially the last several years is utter and despicable propaganda, meant to make you acquiescent, if not a participant, in atrocities.

And then see this to learn that however much Biden & Co.'s. policies toward Ukraine and Russia have enriched those sociopaths, they have been a sustained act of gross irresponsibility.

And then, damn it, spread these links around!!

BTW, WHILE WE'RE ON THE SUBJECT of Ukraine and Washington's gross irresponsibility, I must observe that the Biden administration's sabotage of the Nordstream pipelines is an act of war-- it is, functionally, a blockade, intended to thwart Russia's ability to conduct trade with European countries. At the same time, it is meant to thwart the ability of European countries to trade with Russia.

The pathetic effort of the Biden apologists to argue that Russia sabotaged its own pipelines should need no debunking among thinking people. For the rest, suffice it to simply point out that shutting off the gas to Europe by Russia merely required the closing of a valve-- which Russia had already done a few weeks ago, after enormous, long-lasting restraint despite endless European provocations-- not the destruction of the pipelines; and keeping available the "carrot" of resumed delivery was critically-important to Russia being able to benefit from the shut-off "stick".

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Aliens Wandering Around Texas ARE Illegals, Judge Napolitano
...and Abbott and DeSantis should be lauded, both for their faithful regard for their duty and for their political acumen.

I'M GENERALLY APPRECIATIVE of Andrew Napolitano's contributions to the public discourse. But in a recent article, Napolitano has aired a criticism of Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis with which I am compelled to take issue.

In his article Napolitano angrily accuses Abbott and DeSantis of crimes-- including kidnapping and human trafficking. The alleged offenses occur in connection with the transport of small numbers of illegal aliens from the random locations in Texas where they have found themselves after sneaking across the US (and Texas, and private property) borders to other places within the United States (most notably to Martha's Vineyard, to which DeSantis famously flew 48 or 50 of these aliens).

Napolitano is quite correct, I believe, in asserting that the relocations are done to make a political point, rather than out of direct concern for the well-being of the aliens. But he misses (or disregards) the point that the relocations are done out of concern for the well-being of American citizens, to whom Abbott and DeSantis have a duty.

Napolitano also overstates his case concerning the legal status of the aliens and the legal character of the relocations, asserting that the aliens are in the USA legally and asserting without evidence that their willing participation in the relocations is somehow accomplished by at least fraud (which Napolitano equates with "force"), if not worse.

I can't address the particulars of how the aliens were enticed to take the transports offered by Abbott and DeSantis. I imagine that these enticements involved pointing out to the aliens that as things stood, they were languishing in a harsh climate in districts without much available hospitality and in which they were decidedly not wanted, while elsewhere could be found "sanctuary cities" in which they would declaredly be welcome and which offered far greater opportunities for jobs and social services. As said, though, I can only speculate on this issue.

But I can say a few things about the legal status of these aliens.

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More Comments And Observations, In Brief
Overlooked "trans care" crimes; mislabeling of abortion; the real purpose of "identity politics"; and the truth about "emergency powers".

IT IS ARGUED that interfering with so-called "trans care" threatens the lives of children upon whom that "care" (actually, chemical and surgical mutilation-- see an in-depth discussion here) is to be administered. This hinges on the notion that without the "care" purporting to transition these children in facsimiles of the opposite sex, the children will suicide due to the unrelieved distress at being in "the wrong body".

But the distress experienced by these kids only arises because monsters have implanted into their naive, vulnerable and malleable minds the delusional "wrong body" notion, along with the idea that every anxiety the child experiences as he or she moves into adolescence (and as all children similarly situated have always experienced for all of human history) can be relieved by the provider-profiting mutilations being offered. Absent those implanted delusions, no child is going to harm him-or herself over the lack of "trans care".

The protection of the children from threat rationale, then, lies in cleansing the child of the distressing delusions, not in feeding or affirming them. And in the larger view, the protection of the children lies in harsh punishment of the monsters promoting and implanting the distress and the delusions. Every state legislature should, if found necessary in its current interpretation of its laws, add to its definitions of child abuse such promotion and implantation efforts, and any form of encouragement of the delusions.

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Other Voices (followed by an important afterword)

Uncle Sam's Long Trail Of Wreckage
Very few policymakers even concede that Washington's overseas military adventures often have not turned out as planned.
by Ted Galen Carpenter

The leaders and most of the news media in the U.S. seem to believe that Washington’s foreign policy over the past several decades has been a success and benefitted both the United States and the world. That assumption wasn’t really true even during the Cold War, although that confrontation eventually resulted in the peaceful demise of America’s nasty totalitarian adversary. There was plenty of collateral damage along the way, with the suffering caused by Washington’s conduct in Vietnam and Afghanistan being the most glaring examples.

The performance of U.S. leaders after the Cold War has been even worse. An array of disruptive, bloody tragedies—most notably those in the Balkans, Afghanistan (again), Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen—mark Uncle Sam’s global trail of wreckage. The Biden administration’s decision to use Ukraine as a pawn in Washington’s power struggle with Russia is fast becoming the latest example.

Very few policymakers even concede that Washington’s overseas military adventures often have not turned out as planned. The news media, which is supposed to serve as the public’s watchdog, have routinely ignored or excused America's foreign-policy disasters. Instead, when one intervention fails, they simply move on to lobby for the next crusade pushed by U.S. leaders. Consider how few news accounts now deal with the ongoing violence and chaos in places such as Libya, Syria, and Yemen, even though Washington was a major contributor to all of those tragedies. Paul Poast, a scholar with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, aptly describes the conflict in Syria as America’s “forgotten war.” “That the war in Syria has become the “forgotten war,” he observes, “points to a more disturbing trend in U.S. foreign policy: The United States is so engaged in wars and interventions around the world that a conflict involving the U.S. military that has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians does not even register with the American public anymore.”

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Plus,
Illuminating Anniversaries For This Week!

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"I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves...too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: 'Our country, right or wrong!' They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: 'Our country--when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.'"
-Senator Carl Schurz, October 17, 1899


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